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  • Supervisors will meet Friday to consider options to slow spread of COVID-19

    Jun 17, 2020 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. in the Board Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St. The Board will discuss options for slowing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the County now that Gov. Doug Ducey has given local jurisdictions more flexibility to enact strict public health protective measures, including but not limited to the mandated wearing of face coverings in public.
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    The Board will base any actions it takes from recommendations made by the Back to Business Road to Recovery subcommittee that is meeting earlier that day. The Road to Recovery subcommittee is made up of county, university and private sector health officials and physicians and was created to provide a scientific basis for County actions and requirements for reopening the economy after the governor lifted his Stay at Home executive order May 15.

    “I believe the Board will do everything it can to protect the health of the people of Pima County,” said Board Chairman Ramón Valadez. “We have to get control of this outbreak. We’ve lost too many lives already. If the subcommittee says everyone should be wearing a mask, then the Board should use the unique powers granted to the County Health Department by state law and make it a requirement of the public until it becomes safe to stop.”

    If the Board were to mandate the wearing of face coverings in public, it would apply to all areas of the County, irrespective of jurisdiction, except for the tribal nations.

    The Border Counties Coalition, of which Pima County is a member along with Santa Cruz, Cochise and Yuma counties, asked Gov. Ducey for the flexibility to take local action to deal with the rising number of cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Ducey specifically mentioned that request at his press conference Wednesday as a factor in his decision to allow jurisdictions to take steps beyond what he’s been willing to mandate statewide.

    Pima County Administration last week mandated the wearing of masks in County facilities as part of its continuing effort to protect employees and the public from the virus while remaining open and serving the public. Other measures have included mandated physical distancing, requiring virtual meetings, allowing conditional teleworking, mandatory wellness checks for access to public buildings, modification of public service counters and more. 

    The meeting is open to the public but seating is limited due to physical distancing requirements. Everyone attending the meeting will be required to submit to a wellness check and must to wear a mask. The meeting will be streamed live on the County’s website and on the County’s Facebook, and will be cablecast on Cox and Comcast Channel 96.